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4,329 Ratings

Le bonheur

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 1965
Drama, Romance


Francois faces a dilemma when he finds himself falling in love with an attractive postal worker. He is married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, who raises their children at home. What follows is a detailed study of adult fidelity and happiness, with major repercussions for all those involved.

Our take

Agnès Varda’s proto-Stepford Wives colour-saturated thought-experiment is a thorough takedown of the construct of the nuclear family: the one-way relationship of a husband and wife and their apparently perfect life together.

Le bonheur Directed by Agnès Varda

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1965 | 2 wins including: Interfilm Award - Recommendation


Prix Louis Delluc

1964 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc




The first thing about “Le Bonheur” is its riot of color… a painterly mix that is more reminiscent of the cosmic intimacy of Bonnard’s paintings than of the Impressionist works that Varda references throughout the film. And for Varda, the charms of Impressionism are raw material that she subjects to analysis and criticism—it’s a film in which emotional life and sensual delight are seen through the prism of sociology, psychology, and philosophical reflection.
June 09, 2010
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More than Le bonheur’s feminist politics and the fact that they were slightly ahead of their time, it is on the level of form that the film is so unsettling and calls up so many contradictory interpretations. One need only look at the opening and closing scenes to understand the complexity of Varda’s strategy.
January 21, 2008
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A beautiful and disturbing 1965 feature by Agnes Varda about family happiness, full of lingering and creepy ambiguities… Provocative and lovely to look at, this is one of Varda’s best and most interesting features (along with Cleo From 5 to 7 and Vagabond).
December 01, 1990
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What are people saying?

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Le bonheur

    I watched this film for the second time and must say that it's a perfect example for Agnès Varda's mastery. Her work with the camera (especially the photographic character of some sequences), the use of colours and the comments through lettering and words found in the urban space are exceptional.

  • sister chromatid's rating of the film Le bonheur

    I've been thinking about this one for days since I watched it. The more I mull it over, the more I'm in awe of how smart Varda is. The messages weaved throughout the frames of this film were placed so thoughtfully and so cleverly, which is something to be admired as satire is sometimes difficult to execute without being either hokey or overly obscure. Absolutely chilling film.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Le bonheur

    Delicate and beautiful. I love Agnes Varda. The use of color, especially in the clothes, freshly painted doorways, and other objects, seems very much the influence of Jaques Demy (unless it was Varda who influenced him). Especially when Francois is painting the toy garage, this seems to be an obvious reference to Umbrellas of Cherbourg. 4.4 stars.

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Le bonheur

    Another masterpiece from Agnes Varda. Like The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Le Bonheur uses beautiful awe-inspiring colours to hide darker truths. Few films are as vicious or uncompromising as this, an unflincing evisceration of patriarchal societies' dreams that sees free love, open relationships as just another tool for the sublimation of women. One reviewer compared this to The Stepford Wives. It's darker than that.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Le bonheur

    A paradisiac deconstruction of the nuclear family. Rarely has cinema conjured such leisureless and aesthetically impeccable identification of form and content: The happiness we feel as viewers aligns with the happiness felt by the handsome protagonists. The exuberant vitalism of the immediate feelings told in a tableaux aeshetic does not hide the gendered division of roles from the beginning of Time. Masterpiece!

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Le bonheur

    Un chef d'oeuvre dans l'esprit de Maupassant. La fable cruelle du menuisier, de la couturière et de la postière. Un clou chasse l'autre dit-on en menuiserie. Ou une histoire de lettre qui ne manque pas de piquant. Ni de tranchant. ===== The cruel tale of the carpenter, the seamstress and the postmistress. A story of letter that does not lack sharpness. Or cutting edge. A masterpiece.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Le bonheur

    Extraordinary film from Agnes Varda. The brilliant editing and use of primary colour in its rich camera work are fascinating. The dark side of happiness lurks underneath the surface story where despite a man's contentment with his love and family life he still has an affair stating he has 'enough joy' for both women. Performances are excellent with Jean-Claude Drouot's real family playing his wife and kids.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Le bonheur

    Much like taking care of flowers, love requires patience. You must allow to it sprout at it's own pace, as too much water will lead to a horrible end. Similarly, to much love inevitably sparks jealousy. Varda's masterpiece is a strange blend of a naturalistic direction and a idyllic portrayal of love that seems so good it's borderline fake. Deep down, as much as we wish for it not to, we know something's gonna pop.

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